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Mad prints at Mary Katrantzou London fashion show
Crazy prints at Mary Katrantzou's London Fashion Week catwalk show
By The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) ' She's led London's love affair with prints, and now Mary Katrantzou is back with more outrageous designs for fashionistas to swoon over.

For her runway show at London Fashion Week on Tuesday, the young Greek-born designer displayed experimental silhouettes, opulent rainbow colors, and crazy prints of pencils, spoons and typewriters.

Her admirers wouldn't expect anything less. Since her debut at the capital's fashion week in 2008, Katrantzou has gained a wide following with her unique flair for artsy design, extraordinary prints and architectural cutting.

Her latest autumn and winter collection, inspired by the colors of a crayon box and Victoriana, opened with a series of garments that played with exaggerated structure: These included the designer's signature stiff lampshade-shaped skirts, ruffled waistlines, and babydoll shaped dresses that had ruffled chiffon skirt layers billowing dramatically from the chest down.

Then there was an eruption of intricate, all-over prints, which included hyper-real bows, clocks, spoons and other sundry items. One of the models wore a red dress incorporating a print of an old typewriter, while another sported a long-sleeved, high-necked maxi dress that was covered with a green garden maze print. A third wore a witty pair of yellow trousers with a pinkish waistline ' the trousers resembled a giant pencil with eraser.

If that wasn't enough, one skirt was composed of dozens of actual pencils.

The effect, as is usual with Katrantzou's collections, was borderline mad, but also admirably creative, fun and different.

The designer closed her show with a series of dresses with Victorian-inspired details including corsets and high collars.

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